Alphabet Overview Updated July 27, 2021
212 'Alphabet' stories
August 2015 - July 2021
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The world of Star Trek featured a handheld device that was used to scan the health of patients. In 2014, it came to light that Alphabet’s “Moonshot Factory” was trying to create such a gadget, with that effort currently housed in Verily Life Sciences. It has now emerged that the X division was working on another tricorder project in 2019, but has since canceled “Maya.”
Alphabet Stories February 2
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Following the firing of AI researcher Timnit Gebru in December, more than 225 Google employees in the United States have announced that they have formed a union, a first within Alphabet’s umbrella.
Alphabet Stories October 29, 2020
Alphabet Stories August 21, 2020
Report: Alphabet considered TikTok investment as part of group bid
TikTok is currently looking for a buyer before the November 12th deadline imposed by President Trump. The social media service will be banned unless there’s an acquisition, and many companies from Microsoft and Oracle to Twitter have been rumored to be in the running. A new report today says that Alphabet looked into making a TikTok investment as part of a broader group bid.
Alphabet Stories August 3, 2020
Alphabet borrows $10 billion with focus on sustainability bonds
Google’s parent company today announced a $10 billion debt offering amid low interest rates and friendly market conditions. The big focus for Alphabet is on sustainability bonds for environmental and social initiatives.
Alphabet Stories July 30, 2020
Alphabet Stories June 25, 2020
While Glass lives on as an enterprise product, it never came close to reaching Google’s wildly ambitious vision of replacing the smartphone. Others have since entered the smart glasses space, with North being one of the more notable players. Alphabet is now rumored to be acquiring North after Focals sold poorly.
Alphabet Stories May 22, 2020
Tech companies are well-positioned to work from home, with Mark Zuckerberg this week announcing a permanent remote shift for Facebook. Those plans were praised by some and debated by others. In another interview this week, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared his outlook for work at Google.
Alphabet Stories May 9, 2020
Eric Schmidt was Google’s second CEO from 2001 to 2011 and famously known for acting as “adult supervision” during the company’s early years. The top job was eventually handed back to co-founder Larry Page, with Schmidt serving as executive chairmen of Google and later Alphabet. His last role was as technical advisor, and it emerged today that he departed earlier this year.
Alphabet Stories April 28, 2020
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Alphabet Stories March 1, 2020
Alphabet Stories February 18, 2020
Alphabet Stories February 10, 2020
Jigsaw is an Alphabet company focussed on tackling global security challenges through technology. According to a new report today, Jigsaw has been moved back within Google.
Alphabet Stories February 3, 2020
Alphabet Stories January 19, 2020
Alphabet Stories January 16, 2020
Since the start of this week, investors have been waiting for Alphabet to hit a market value of $1 trillion. Google’s parent today joins only three other companies to ever hit that marker.
Alphabet Stories January 10, 2020
Longtime Google employee David Drummond is retiring from Alphabet on January 31. In addition to being chief legal officer of the parent company, he leads corporate development.
Alphabet Stories December 20, 2019
Alphabet Stories December 9, 2019
Alphabet appoints Nobel chemistry laureate Frances Arnold to board of directors
Following Sundar Pichai becoming CEO of Alphabet last week, the next corporate change is a new member of the parent company’s board of directors. Frances Arnold brings her experience as a Nobel chemistry laureate and CalTech professor.
Alphabet Stories December 3, 2019
Alphabet Stories November 7, 2019
Report: Alphabet’s cybersecurity startup Chronicle struggling inside Google Cloud
Early last year, X unveiled Chronicle as the moonshot lab’s latest graduate. Joining Alphabet, it was focused on cybersecurity and included VirusTotal. Back in June, it was folded into Google Cloud where it’s now apparently struggling.
Alphabet Stories October 28, 2019
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Alphabet Stories June 27, 2019
Alphabet Stories April 30, 2019
Alphabet yesterday reported disappointing Q1 2019 earnings that led to the stock falling in after-hours trading and an over 8% drop Tuesday morning. The company missed revenue by about a billion dollars as ad revenue growth slowed amid worries that advertisers are moving to Facebook and Amazon.
Alphabet Stories April 29, 2019
Alphabet this afternoon reported Q1 2019 net income of $6.6 billion on $36.33 billion in revenue. The stock is down over 7% in after-hours trading following a revenue miss. During the earnings call, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat noted a similar decline for Pixel sales. Google also confirmed the May 7th hardware announcement for I/O 2019.
Alphabet today announced Q1 2019 earnings to start the new year with revenue of $36.33 billion. It notably takes into account the $1.7 billion fine levied by the European Commission over Google AdSense violations. These numbers range from January to March, and did not meet analysis expectations with the stock down over 4% in after-hours trading.
Alphabet Stories April 11, 2019
Alphabet Stories March 18, 2019
DeepMind — quite prominently — claims to be the “world leader in artificial intelligence research.” AlphaGo and AlphaStar certainly lend credence to that title, but the Alphabet division’s end goal is artificial general intelligence (AGI). If it ever achieves that landmark accomplishment, DeepMind — and not its parent company — will reportedly retain control.
Alphabet Stories February 12, 2019
Alphabet Stories February 4, 2019
Alphabet today announced its Q4 2018 earnings to wrap up the last fiscal year. Including the busy holiday season, Google and the other companies earned $39.27 billion, up 22% from the same quarter last year. These numbers range from October to December and slightly surpassed analyst expectations, but the stock is currently down 3.69% in after hours trading.
Alphabet Stories January 10, 2019
Last October, an investigative report detailed how Google shielded top executives like Andy Rubin following accusations of sexual misconduct. Instead of being explicitly fired, their departures included massive compensation packages. Alphabet shareholders today filed suit against the board of directors claiming “breaches of fiduciary duties.”
Alphabet Stories January 3, 2019
Alphabet Stories December 26, 2018
Retailers and tech companies like Alphabet and Amazon are exploring drones to more efficiently deliver goods to customers. Wing graduated from the X Moonshot Factory in July, but has been conducting tests for several years now. A new report details what living with the pilot program is like.
Alphabet Stories December 19, 2018
Technology has the potential to revolutionize healthcare over the coming years with Google internally spinning up a health division, while Alphabet has Verily. The latter today announced a strategic partnership with Walgreens on multiple projects to help patients with chronic conditions, and lower the cost of care.
Alphabet Stories December 5, 2018
Nine years since the Google Self-Driving Car Project began and over 10 million autonomous miles later, the company today announced the launch of Waymo One. The Alphabet division is launching the first public self-driving service in Phoenix, Arizona and fully detailing how hailing an autonomous vehicle works.
Alphabet Stories December 4, 2018
Alphabet Stories November 30, 2018
One of Alphabet’s lesser known companies is focussed on reimagining cities for the future through “cutting-edge technology.” An experiment is underway to create this new kind of space in Toronto, with Sidewalk Labs this week publishing a draft site plan that dives into affordability, infrastructure, and sustainability.
Alphabet Stories November 20, 2018
Alphabet Stories November 16, 2018
One of Verily’s first projects was to make contact lenses that could detect glucose levels from teardrops. Less invasive than fingertip blood pricks for people living with diabetes, the Alphabet company and partner Alcon today announced that it is putting that project “on hold” due to the diabetes premise not being suitable.